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LAST UPDATED: April 8th, 2023

Vudu is an online movie and TV streaming service owned by Walmart and has been around for over ten years. Its main business stems from digital streaming, providing even more entertainment options to consumers. Vudu is compatible with a service called UltraViolet, a service for storing and accessing digital copies of DVDs. Vudu is an on-demand subscription-free video streaming service. 

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The Good

  • No Monthly Subscription
  • Free Content
  • Watch New Releases
  • Easily Save Your Movies Online
  • Watch From Anywhere

No Monthly Subscription

With Vudu, you only pay for what you watch. There are no subscriptions and no late fees. You can choose which movies to rent or buy and also have the option of buying TV series by the episode or by the season. This absence of a monthly subscription is attractive to those who only want to watch a few things and don't feel like they would get their money's worth out of a monthly subscription. 

Free Content

Vudu offers a library of free content that you can watch without an account. Some titles stay free, and others are swapped each week. These TV shows and films are supported by short ads throughout. However, the quality is good and the ads are minimal. All paid streaming through Vudu is ad free.

Watch New Releases

Vudu claims movies will be available the same day they are released on DVD. This is a huge advantage over Netflix, at which you have to wait 28 days after a movie is released before it's available. Vudu boasts a large media library of over 15,000 movies and 2,000 TV series. Movies are available to rent in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) options such as HDX and UHD. For some movie options, SD and HD are the same price, but for most the HD version is a dollar more. 

Easily Save Your Movies Online

Vudu is now compliant with UltraViolet, meaning any DVDs or Blu-ray discs cleared by studios for digital distribution can be uploaded to the cloud and watched through Vudu. This makes a digital copy of your movie that you can watch from anywhere and keep for forever. This service gives you an easy way to keep your collection of movies digitally without taking up storage space on your computer and without the fear that your DVDs or Blu-rays will get scratched or broken. When you buy a movie through Vudu, it gives you a digital copy.

Watch From Anywhere

You can access your digital movie collection from any screen or device with internet. Some of the places you can watch Vudu movies and shows include: smart TVs, internet-connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, streaming devices (like Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast), Nvidia Shield, iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows 10 devices. Vudu also has a mobile app that receives high ratings in the app store. 


The Bad

  • Expensive Rental Prices
  • Charged Per Upload to UltraViolet

Expensive Rental Prices

Services like Netflix or HuluPlus cost only $7.99 per month for unlimited viewing while just one movie on Vudu could cost you $4.99, and a TV episode will run you a couple dollars. If you want to just watch one film, you can buy it from other websites. Vudu does not provide rental options for live TV like sports or news. 

Charged Per Upload to UltraViolet

As we mentioned before, you can upload any UltraViolet movies you've purchased to Vudu. However, Vudu will charge you for each movie that you upload (between $2-$5). 


The Bottom Line

If you are watching Vudu like you would use an unlimited streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, it will get pretty pricey. However, if you want to use vudu to purchase a few select movies or films, it could be a perfect video streaming option for you. Many only use Vudu for its free library of content.

With Vudu, you get access to a wide selection of movies and TV shows, and most important of all, you get them as fast as possible. There is no contract or subscription with Vudu, so if you don't like what you are getting, then you can stop and find another company to stream with. Overall, we recommend considering the top rated companies before making a final decision.

For more information, check out our Vudu reviews below from customers who have used the product. 

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Peter Miller Chicago, IL

For the second time now Vudu has dropped titles from 'My Movies'. These are movies which a higher price was paid for to obtain a digital copy which was redeemed with Vudu. The movies were listed in 'My Movies' and now they're, poof, gone. Vudu customer service responds to check my filters and a second response saying they're; "unable to locate" the missing movies which is the whole problem. Be forewarned, Vudu can and will just drop movies you payed for, ironically at Wal-Mart which own Vudu, redeemed and watched. Not only is this bad business it may violate consumer protection laws in some states. Use Vudu at your own risk and don't expect any satisfaction with them should an issue arise.

3 years ago

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Deborah Mashburn Mountain Home, ID

Vudu customer service sucks. Paid for a movie last night. The movie didn't become available. I called them to sort it out. The agent I spoke with was not helpful. Her solution of "try the transaction again" doesn't work when my bank shows the $ as deducted already. They said they couldn't reverse the charge until it was final. Its the weekend, so not happening. I asked to speak with her supervisor. She kept claiming to be waiting on her supervisor while stringing me along for a full hour. After which she said the supervisor wasn't taking any more calls and to call back today. I emailed the company through facebook letting them know about my experience. Got a reply back that there was nothing they could do and if the transaction is still showing in a week to let them know. Meanwhile, my money is gone and I still don't have the movie I was trying to buy. I don't recommend buying movies directly from them if you are looking forward to watching it at that time. Buy a hard copy.

5 years ago

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chrisdgg30 Albuquerque, NM

The streaming is very poor, pay for UHD and it never works, all other streaming services do. Cost of rentals are outrageous, least they can do is use the stolen money to fix the bugs.

11 months ago

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Jenna Newman Troy, OH

I am having trouble with website it keeps refreshing over and over.

1 year ago